- Name: Ryan
- Location: Athens, Ga, United States
Our son Ryan was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2004. In 2007, my wife Missy was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. On July 8th, 2009, Missy lost her battle to this horrible disease. 2 days later, on July 10th, Ryan also lost his. Together forever, they both watch over our family now from the heavens above.
Below is our families journey through Ryan's treatments, along with the joy and laughter we tried to instill into our daily lives. Those days helped us all cope with the pain and suffering that comes with cancer and it's deadly treatments. Both Missy and Ryan endured high doses of chemo, radiation and surgeries. Over 150 nights spent in the hospital and many, many more days. More transfusions than I could count. Yet both Missy and Ryan took on each day with a positive attitude and warm smile for all their friends. We miss them terribly. They will always be a shining light in our lives.
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Saturday, November 05, 2005
It looks like Ryan has gotten Will's virus. The good news is that Will is finally just about over it. He had a terribly sore throat for over a week. Please pray that it won't be as bad for Ryan. He was out of school yesterday, but felt well enough to go to his school's Fall Festival last night. He had a great time and I wish I had pictures to show you. He and his buddy, Matt, had a blast in the booth where the dollar bills fly around and you have to grab as many as you can. They were so funny and got to trade their "money" in for candy. I don't know if our celebration of Ryan"s cancer survival skews our judgment a bit, but this Fall Festival seemed to be the best we had ever seen. Our PTA did an awesome job!! Heidi and Will have soccer games today and tomorrow. We are looking forward to the Miss GA Teen Pageant this afternoon. Ryan's friend, Jena, is competing and we will be part of her cheering section. You can visit her website and offer your congratulations/encouragement at http://www.ornaments4cure.org/Guestbook/index.php She is a sweet and beautiful girl who has been so great to Ryan. We are very pleased to announce that the tennis tournament yesterday at Chateau Elan raised between 16 and $17,ooo for Cure. We met some amazing women yesterday. Lisa Cauley organized the event voluntarily simply because she no longer felt satisfied in making her annual contribution to the cause. She promises next year will be bigger and better. I can't imagine that. Les and I got through our presentation without too many tears. I will get Les to add a permanent link to Cure Children's Cancer, but you can visit their site today at http://www.curechildhoodcancer.org/ One of the most amazing things about this group is that about 92 cents out of every dollar goes directly to either a group of doctors at Emory University whose sole responsibility is to find a cure for childhood cancer or to helping families affected by childhood cancer with either financial aid or through special programs. We have been lucky to benefit from a few of their special programs like the off-therapy celebration at Six Flags and the Open Arms dinners at Scottish Rite and Egleston. Well, I am off to get ready for soccer. It takes me a bit longer with my gimp foot. I feel a bit like a pirate with a peg-leg! Thank you so much for checking in on us. I will leave you with some good news from our cancer family. Those who have been watching us from the beginning will remember sweet Hayley who lost her battle with leukemia last December. Hayley was an only child, so I can only imagine how the quiet at their house is a constant reminder. They are expecting a new baby next year. We are so very happy for them. Please lift them up in prayer that things will go well. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan